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return to iraq. less than three years after the withdrawal of the last american troops, president obama dispatches military advisers to help iraq's government deal with the violent islamic insurgency. >> i think we need to call noaa. >> record rains trigger major flooding across the upper midwest. >> how are you going to get ? >> i need to swim there. and anthrax exposure. dozens of workers at the centers for disease control may have come in contact with the potentially deadly bacteria. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, june 20th, 2014. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning in iraq, sunni
insurgents control what was once saddam hussein's main chemical weapons plant. it's located 45 miles northwest of baghdad and still contains stockpiles of deadly poisons including muz tastard and sarin. u.s. officials believe it would be difficult for the rebels to use the weapon about but remain concerned. yesterday president obama said he's sending military advisers to iraq. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> anne marie, good morning. the president's sending about 300 of these advisers over there. combined with other announcements, this could mean about 600 additional u.s. troops are being sent there. now, the president is talking a lot about their limited mission, but to many it is really evident that the u.s. is inching its way back into iraq. islamist militants continue to battle for control of the biggest refinery as they try to
take control of cities and towns on their way to baghdad. they are a threat to national security so he's sending up to 300 military advisers to the reege. >> we will help iraq as they fight the terrorists. >> they will not engage in come bane. >> in going forward we will be prepared to take target and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it. >> here on capitol hill, lawmakers agree the u.s. has to take action. some republicans say there needs to be a more defined strategy. >> i hope today was the outline of the first step in a multi-step process. >> we must do effective counterterrorism. >> there are growing calls for iraq's shiite minister to step down as sunni militants continue tear fight. president obama has also called on iraq's leader to create a more inclusive government.
and the president is also sending secretary of state john kerry to the middle east and europe this weekend to meet with his down perparcounterparts to e on the crisis. >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. cbs news correspondent clarissa ward is in baghdad and she joins us on the phone this morning. first of all, what is the reaction to president obama's decision to send military advisers? >> reporter: well, anne marie, i think the iraqi government will take all the help that it can get, but certainly there's some disappointment here that president obama didn't really commit to those air strikes. that's what the iraqi government has wanted all along, for the u.s. to be a silent partner in the skies, really with the emphasis on silent. you'll notice it took them a week to even ask publicly for those air strikes because they don't want the perception that they're weak or in any way dependent militarily on the u.s.
>> president obama also called on nuri al maliki's government to be more inclusive of sunni muslims. if the prime minister is even inclined to do so, can he deliver? >> reporter: well, that's the question everyone here has been asking. certainly it's quite striking to see many top shiite politicians coming out of the woodwork and telling us maliki must go, that his politics are too sectarian. he's alienated people, pushed out the political leaders. and while there's a general consensus that iraq should remain a unified country, there's also an understanding that that can only happen through the creation of a national unity government, and frankly it appears unlikely that maliki can make that happen. >> all right. clarissa ward in baghdad. thank you very much, clarissa. in this country now, heavy rain triggered record rain and flooding in the plains and midwest.
strong thunderstorms are likely to result in more flood-producing rain today in the upper midwest. levees are being pushed to the limit and homes are threatened. >> reporter: rain threatens dakota, iowa, and anybody including big sioux river. it's going to get above the 10-foot flood stage. the national guard built sandbags in north sioux falls trying to protect neighboring communities from the deluge. the highway remains closed while a levee is built across the highway. in dakota crews are working to shore up a levee there. and in iowa the river washed away boats and docks. the minnesota governor declared a state of emergency covering nearly half of the state's counties. >> catastrophic for everyone from the canadian border down the iowa border. >> reporter: 4 inches fell yesterday in indianapolis where
flood warnings there and the surrounding area continued through the evening. just outside the twin cities the torrential rains flooded neighborhoods and left streets impassable. mudslides covered more roads and train tracks. in st. clair neighbors joined together to sandbag their community in a battle to save their homes from the quickly rising sioux river. >> shows how much everybody comes together to save a town. >> plains bound for chicago o'hare were held for more than four hours at their origin airport. nearly 700 flights to and from o'hare were scrubbed. minneapolis and o'hare reported hours-long delays. and the severe weather isn't over yet. more rain is expected in the upper midwest tomorrow. now, the city of new york settled a long fought civil rights suit. five men who were convict and sent to prison for raping a woman jogging in central park
will pay $4 million. the men were teenagers at the time. they confessed but then recanted. another man committed to the crime years later. the centers for disease control is investigating an unprecedented safety lapse. as many as 75 workers may have been exposed to anthrax at three cdc labs in atlanta. it is one of the largest incidents involved the potential bioterrorism agent at a u.s. lab. dr. jon lapook reports. >> reporter: the unintentional exposure was discovered last friday. the cdc says researchers transferred what they thought were noninfected anthrax samples to a lab not equipped to handle live material but they used the wrong procedure. anthrax can affect the lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. left untreated it can cause death. dr. william schaffner is an expe expert.
in infectious diseases. >> anthrax is a potential bioterrorism agent, so learning more about how it actually causes disease and how we might prevent the disease in outbreak circumstances is, of course, very important. >> reporter: the centers for disease control says the agency is taking aggressive steps to protect the health of all involved. that includes offering anthrax vaccine, plus a 60-day course of antibiotics to potentially exposed staff. based on a preliminary examination, the cdc believes the general public is not at risk of exposure and does not need to take any protective action. >> the cdc lab and hallway areas were decontaminated. an internal investigation is under way to find out how this breakdown in procedure happened. dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. scott walker says allegations that he was involved in a criminal scheme to coordinate political fund-raising have no merit. no charges have been filed against walker but state prosecutors released documents saying it shows walker discussed
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in colorado an explosion destroyed a house in a denver suburb thursday blowing out a neighbor's windows and scatters debris more than a block away. a cadaver dog has detected a scent in the room but no body has been found. an investigation is under way to find the cause for the explosion. leaders of a presbyterian church in the u.s. have voted to allow their clergy to perform same-sex weddings. the new rules take effect saturday giving ministers the choice about presiding over same-sex marriages in states where it's league. and on "cbs moneywatch," wall street reacts to amazon's fire phone, and harley-davidson goes electric. jill wagner is at the new york stock exchange with that and more. good morning, jill. >> good morn, anne marie. asian stocks were mixed on profit taking.
hong kong's hang seng gained a quarter percent. here on wall street investors are watching as the crisis in iraq push for prices in crude oil higher. the dow gained almost 15 points thursday. the nasdaq fell 3.5. and standard & poor's rose 2.5% on yet another record high. amazon jumped into is the smartphone wars. following wednesday's introduction of the fire phone, amazon's stocks fell more than 7 points thursday. gnaw survey looks at support for president obama's health care plan. more than 70% of those enrolled in plan that took effect after january 1st rate their coverage as excellent or good, but the survey by the kaiser family foundation found that more than 40% say it's difficult to afford their monthly premiums. and harley-davidson is heading for new territory. the newest harley-davidson motorcycle will be electric. sol it has an electric whine
instead of a chopper's roar, but the new bike will go from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds. hardly davidson will officially roll it out on monday. anne marie? >> going green is pretty cool but i always thought it was pretty cool for obvious reasons. thanks a lot jill. jill wagner at the new york stock exchange. thanks a lot jill. still to come, the upet at the world cup and the 11-year-old golfer who's taking the u.s. women's open by storm. d golfer who's taking the u.s. women's open by storm. introducing a beauty breakthrough. so bold. revolutionary color. so chic. at the hottest boutique. the new paint studio at ace! surprise. luxurious color from valspar optimus and valspar aspire. check out this drawer action. discover premium paints and helpful people. i love both of those things. of course you do.
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today his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. once again, world cup disappointment is running deep in england. uruguay's luis suarez. scores twice to hand england a 2-1 defeat. it's england's second straight loss to open the tournament, putting its hopes of reaching
the knockout round in jeopardy. pat riley is turning up the heat on lebron james and company. the miami heat president addressing the media less than a week after his team lost to san antonio in the nba finals. when asked about the possibility, james, dwyane wade, and chris bosh could all become free agents in the off-season, riley challenged his big three. >> this stuff is hard, and you've got to stay together if you've got the guts and you don't find the first door and run out of it. >> the deadline for the big three to opt out of the final year of their contract is june 29th. number one golfer stacy lewis is on top of the leaderboard after one round at he u.s. women's open, but the talk of the tournament is 11-year-old lucy li. the sixth grader shot an 8 over 78 on thursday. most of her missteps came on just three holes, but she's
ahead of at least 17 other players, and she's showing she's already mastered the art of the press conference. >> what's your plan for the rest of the day? >> eat some more ice cream. >> li is the youngest qualifier ever for the u.s. women's open. when we return, a mug shot that's gone viral. a suspect's arrest photo gets a lot of likes from admirers. suspect's arrest photo gets a lot of likes from admirers.
could have been much worse. the president announces he's sending hundreds of u-s mily advisors into iraq. coming up.. america inches back in iraq. and an anthrax scare at government labs. how dozens of scientists may have been exposed. join us for kpix 5 news this morning... beginning at 4:3 good morning. it's friday, june 20th. i'm michelle ,,,,griego.
ian schwartz of our sacramento station has the story. >> reporter: while jeremy meeks sits in a jailhouse on serious felony weapons charges he's getting a serious fan base on his looks. >> his eyes are gorgeous. >> reporter: his eyes, looks. it's now the most shared like item they've ever posted. >> his eyes are just a knockout. he's got that stare going on. >> reporter: his good looks have traveled the globe. his mug pasted on websites like tmz, "usa today" and even internationally on the peruvian and australian websites. facebook users commenting. one woman wrote it's a crime to look so good. another said i'd rehabilitate him. others aren't sold on the sexy. >> i don't know. he's strange. >> reporter: this woman says all the tattoos and jailhouse
background don't help, so for fun we touched up the perp's pic. >> that looks like a professional model. >> reporter: so now you'll go out with him. she might not want to but the jail staff say some women do. they say several women from around the country have called to profess their love to this famous felon, even their phone numbers for when he gets out. some hope his 15 minutes of fame will be used in a good way. >> it's a shame that he's a thug, but hopefully this will open new avenues for him and someone will see him and get him a job or something, but, yeah, it's a shame that all of that's going to waste. >> you never know. that was kovr's ian schwartz reporting. the critics choice awards were handed out in beverly hills tonight. >> the choice for best actor in a comedy series is jim parsons, "the big bang theory." >> three-time emmy winner jim parsons acepted the best actor in a comedy award for playing sheldon cooper in the hit cbs sitcom "big bang theory."
honoring an american hero. president obama presented the medal of honor to lance corporal kyle carpenter at a white house ceremony thursday. he survived severe injuries after jumping on a grenade in fwachb stan in to 10. david martin reports on the man who received the nation's highest military honor. >> reporter: this is a moment you never see. the commander in chief telling a young marine at home with his family he will receive the medal of honor. for an action which then lance corporal kyle carpenter thought he had been killed. >> the first marine got to me. i told them i was not going to make it. i kept telling them over and
over that i was going to die. >> do you know in retrospect how close you came to dying? >> i was labeled pea, patient expired on arrival. i guess that's the politically correct way of saying you didn't make it. >> reporter: according to the citation, carpenter threw himself between a grenade and his fellow marine nicholas yhol fazio. >> i was blind in my right eye. i had penetrating wounds through my carotid artery and neck. >> he also suffered 30 fractures to his right arm, fractures in his lower leg and left most of his lower teeth. those 40 surgeries became evident of what he had done. >> my determine something's the bomb went off immediately to his right about mid thorax.
>> reporter: he examined carpenter's medical records to determine if those wounds were consistent with eyewitness accounts. >> he was in a diving posture from the pattern of the injuries on his body and the localization of where the detonation went off, so he within another split second would have been completely on top of it and covering it, but it went off just before he was able to cover it. >> reporter: carpenter has no memory of his heroism nor the soldier he tried to shield. so carpenter has to take the word of medical experts and marines who rushed to his side after the blast. >> we were still smoking when they got up to us. >> your uniform was still smoking. >> yes, sir. they said that my plates, which is our body armor, was pretty much shattered. >> do you have any doubt in your mind that you fell on that grenade? >> i'll say i'm not surprised because i know that if you put a
thousand marines in that situation, they would all do the exact same thing for me. >> reporter: but on november 21st, 2010, there was only one marine in that situation, and now he wears his country's highest honor. david martin, cbs news, washington. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
to there! >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. we love friday because we love what? >> weather! >> no, the weekend! [ laughter ] >> oh. [ laughter ] >> around the bay area we are starting out with patchy fog early on this morning, lots of sunshine coming our way. this is the last full day of fringe. we'll talk about that coming up. >> whoa. and we have a lot of frustrated drivers about an hour ago lots of traffic heading out of the city. this is eastbound bay bridge. there were a couple of accident d rk so now there's only one lane open but looks like some of that traffic is beginning to move through there. i'll have another traffic update in a few minutes. two homes burned to the ground down in san jose. firefighters tell us it would have been much worse except for one thing. a fire started in and out building at the base of mount hamilton in the east san jose foothills and quickly spread to two houses. kpix 5's betty yu reports the lack of wind was a big help